Dr. Jonathan Wiesen named new chair of the Department of History

Dr. Jonathan Wiesen comes to UAB from the Department of History at Southern Illinois University (SIU) Carbondale, where he has been department chair since 2016.

""Dr. Jonathan Wiesen comes to UAB from the Department of History at Southern Illinois University (SIU) Carbondale, where he has been department chair since 2016. He received his B.A. in history with highest distinction in 1990 from the University of California, Berkeley, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Brown University in 1992 and 1998, respectively. He also studied history and philosophy at the University of Sussex in England.

Dr. Wiesen joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University in 1998 as an assistant professor and was named associate professor in 2003 and full professor in 2012. Prior to his arrival at SIU, he was a visiting assistant professor in the Department of History at Colgate University. He has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants, including a Gerda Henkel Foundation Research Fellowship, a German Academic Exchange Fellowship, and an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship.

Dr. Wiesen’s research interests include modern European history, modern German history, histories of racism and antisemitism, Nazi Germany in history and memory, and the history of advertising and consumerism. His current projects include articles and a future book on German views of American anti-black racism from 1918 to 1968, and a textbook on Nazi Germany.

Dr. Wiesen is also widely published as a first author, co-author, and editor of numerous publications, including three books: Creating the Nazi Marketplace: Commerce and Consumption in the Third Reich (Cambridge, 2011), Selling Modernity: German Advertising in the Twentieth Century (Duke University Press, 2007) and West German Industry and the Challenge of the Nazi Past, 1945-1955 (The University of North Carolina Press, 2001), which was the winner of the Hagley Book Prize.

His teaching has been awarded by SIU and by outside organizations. He received SIU’s Outstanding Teaching award in 2008 and recognition from the Center for Education Policy Research, which selected his World History course as one of the top examples of best practices in a national study of World History. He is active in service at SIU and with a number of professional organizations, including the American Historical Association, the German Studies Association, the Central European History Society, and the Working Group for the Critical History of Business and Industry in Germany.

Dr. Wiesen will begin his position in the College of Arts and Sciences on January 1, 2019.

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    Watch "Our Children - Twana Twitu" on YouTube

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    JOE MALUFF

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    In addition to our eight honorees, two alumni won top honors in Fastest Growing Companies with annual revenues under $10 Million: Adam Aldrich, CEO of Airship, 75 percent growth; and John Burdett, CEO of Fast Slow Motion, 71 percent growth.

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  • Dr. Jonathan Wiesen named new chair of the Department of History

    Dr. Jonathan Wiesen comes to UAB from the Department of History at Southern Illinois University (SIU) Carbondale, where he has been department chair since 2016.

    Dr. Jonathan Wiesen comes to UAB from the Department of History at Southern Illinois University (SIU) Carbondale, where he has been department chair since 2016. He received his B.A. in history with highest distinction in 1990 from the University of California, Berkeley, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Brown University in 1992 and 1998, respectively. He also studied history and philosophy at the University of Sussex in England.

    Dr. Wiesen joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University in 1998 as an assistant professor and was named associate professor in 2003 and full professor in 2012. Prior to his arrival at SIU, he was a visiting assistant professor in the Department of History at Colgate University. He has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants, including a Gerda Henkel Foundation Research Fellowship, a German Academic Exchange Fellowship, and an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship.

    Dr. Wiesen’s research interests include modern European history, modern German history, histories of racism and antisemitism, Nazi Germany in history and memory, and the history of advertising and consumerism. His current projects include articles and a future book on German views of American anti-black racism from 1918 to 1968, and a textbook on Nazi Germany.

    Dr. Wiesen is also widely published as a first author, co-author, and editor of numerous publications, including three books: Creating the Nazi Marketplace: Commerce and Consumption in the Third Reich (Cambridge, 2011), Selling Modernity: German Advertising in the Twentieth Century (Duke University Press, 2007) and West German Industry and the Challenge of the Nazi Past, 1945-1955 (The University of North Carolina Press, 2001), which was the winner of the Hagley Book Prize.

    His teaching has been awarded by SIU and by outside organizations. He received SIU’s Outstanding Teaching award in 2008 and recognition from the Center for Education Policy Research, which selected his World History course as one of the top examples of best practices in a national study of World History. He is active in service at SIU and with a number of professional organizations, including the American Historical Association, the German Studies Association, the Central European History Society, and the Working Group for the Critical History of Business and Industry in Germany.

    Dr. Wiesen will begin his position in the College of Arts and Sciences on January 1, 2019.

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  • A Legacy of Love

    Jeannie Feldman has established both an award and a scholarship in the Department of History to honor her late husband, Dr. Glenn A. Feldman.

    2017 recipients, Katharine Ambrester and Zoe Zaslawsky, with Jeannie Feldman.Jeannie Feldman has established both an award and a scholarship in the Department of History to honor her late husband, Dr. Glenn A. Feldman.

    To say Dr. Glenn Feldman was beloved would be an understatement. Students, colleagues, family members, friends—regardless of whom you ask, they all have something wonderful to say about him. After his death in October, 2015, Dr. Wayne Flynt, Auburn University Professor Emeritus, who mentored Feldman during his doctoral studies, said, “He was enormously generous and kind. He was always promoting younger people’s careers.”

    Feldman, a professor in the Department of History, was also a prolific author and a renowned scholar of contemporary Southern history, with 11 books to his name, including Politics, Society and the Klan in Alabama: 1915-1949, and Nation Within a Nation: The American South and the Federal Government. “Although Glenn was primarily an historian of the South and of American business, he was knowledgeable and curious of what his colleagues were teaching and researching in completely different areas,” says Dr. John Van Sant, chair of the Department of History. “For example, he often stopped me to ask about Japanese history, or about the latest news from Asia. And he always had a positive attitude, whether mentoring undergraduate and graduate students or discussing an agenda item during a faculty meeting. He always exuded positive energy.”

    Feldman’s widow Jeannie, along with their daughters Hallie and Rebecca, decided to honor his legacy of compassion, joy, and scholarship with two annual funds in the Department of History. The Dr. Glenn A. Feldman Memorial Student Writing Award will be used to recognize deserving undergraduate and graduate students. The Dr. Glenn A. Feldman Memorial Graduate Student Scholarship will be used to provide financial assistance to deserving graduate students.

    “Glenn Feldman could not be quiet,”Jeannie says. “He crusaded for those who didn’t know they deserved to be heard. He was humble about his many accomplishments but quite verbose about injustice and oppression. Glenn told me he knew he’d been given the gift of writing, but he said this gift was not to be used for his own gain; it was a true calling. He left an indelible mark on the world in his writing and scholarship. He just wanted to make a difference. The recipients of these awards have the opportunity to continue this legacy, to be a voice for others, and to make their own difference.”

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